Wartime golf!

Purely for your amusement:

Richmond Golf Club

Temporary Rules 1940

1 Players are asked to collect Bomb and Shrapnel splinters to save these causing damage to the Mowing Machines.

2 In Competitions, during gunfire or while bombs are falling, players may take cover without penalty for ceasing play.

3 The positions of known delayed action bombs are marked by red flags at a reasonably, but not guaranteed, safe distance therefrom.

4 Shrapnel and/or bomb splinters on the Fairways, or in Bunkers within a club’s length of a ball, may be moved without penalty, and no penalty shall by incurred if a ball is thereby caused to move accidentally.

5 A ball moved by enemy action may be replaced, or if lost or destroyed, a ball may be dropped not nearer the hole without penalty.

6 A ball lying in a crater may be lifted and dropped not nearer the hole, preserving the line to the hole, without penalty.

7 A player whose stroke is affected by the simultaneous explosion of a bomb may play another ball from the same place. Penalty one stroke.

I stumbled across these amazing ‘rules’ while looking for some material I could use in my welcoming speech to members of Richmond Golf Club when captain of our Malden Golf Club team, not many days ago. So I read them out, much to the amusement of both teams! I thought you’d like them, too!

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2 thoughts on “Wartime golf!

  1. . . oh brilliant, we need some humour! I particularly like rules 2 & 5 – I can just image a group of Tommie’s pulling their tin helmets down & battling up the 11th fairway while bombs fall all round.

    Cheers, John

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